Queen laying wreath at Cenotaph

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 10 November in 2019, is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

Below you can find information concerning the National Service of Remembrance, as well as Remembrance Sunday dates for upcoming years.

National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph

The National Service of Remembrance, held at The Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday, ensures that no-one is forgotten as the nation unites to honour all who have suffered or died in war.

HM The Queen will pay tribute alongside Members of the Cabinet, Opposition Party leaders, former Prime Ministers, the Mayor of London and other ministers. Representatives of the Armed Forces, Fishing Fleets and Merchant Air and Navy will be there, as well as faith communities and High Commissioners of Commonwealth countries.

How can I take part in the National Service of Remembrance?

Each year, veterans participate in the March Past. Places to take part in the Cenotaph March Past on Remembrance Sunday 2019 will be allocated through associations. If you are an individual wishing to apply for tickets, please contact your relevant association.

The number of people who can take part in the March Past is limited to 10,000 people due to capacity and the amount of time participants can reasonably be expected to stand. To achieve fair allocation and wide representation of veterans, the Legion will be rigorously applying the eligibility criteria for the March Past. This is an ex-service personnel March therefore family representatives will not be eligible to participate.

Ex Service Associations can register there interest to take part in the Cenotaph Parade by emailing Cenotaph@britishlegion.org.uk. Further information on applying for tickets will be available in Spring 2019.

We will be bringing forward the application dates and deadlines so that associations will have the opportunity to reapply for tickets in August should the full 10,000 tickets not be used. The below dates will be the 2019 deadlines:

  • April – Registration email goes out to associations.
  • June – Application deadline.
  • End of June – The Royal British Legion will confirm with associations the number of tickets they have been allocated.
  • August – Deadline for associations to complete participant information.
  • End of August – Application will re-open for associations to register additional participants. This will only occur if all 10,000 tickets have not been allocated from the previous stage.
  • End of September – Final deadline for all participant information.
  • October – Tickets and Joining Instructions sent to associations.

If you wish to attend the service as a spectator, you can find further information on the website of the Department of Culture, Media & Sport. The event is open to the public and tickets are not required.

Remembrance Sunday Forthcoming Dates

Remembrance Sunday always falls on the second Sunday in November. The dates of upcoming events are:

  • 08 November 2020
  • 14 November 2021
  • 13 November 2022

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